That figure is about 90,000 vehicles higher than it was last year, and it comes as the German automaker is in the midst of a number of major new product roll-outs. In therms of volume, the automaker’s new CLA-Class compact sedan range arrived in the second half of 2013. On the other hand, Mercedes says that its Sindelfingen, Germany, assembly plant that builds its S-Class flagship sedan is working at capacity by building 460 new sedans a day. That’s the highest daily production output ever recorded for the S-Class lineup, spurred on mainly by demand in Asia and North America.
The automaker says it has invested more than 1 billion euros each in its Sindelfingen and Rastatt, Germany, assembly plants over the last year or so and it is currently pumping a similar sum into the Bremen, Germany, plant that will soon be building its next-generation C-Class lineup. The 2015 C-Class has been revealed online but won’t actually debut for a couple of weeks until the Detroit auto show.
Mercedes is also hard at work expanding its presence at its South American and Chinese assembly plants.